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Utah facing $7.3 billion shortfall for transportation projects, despite tax hike
The state of Utah is projecting a transportation project funding shortfall of approximately $7.3 billion for high-priority projects through 2040, despite the imminent increase in the state's gasoline tax as a result of the passage of Proposition 1.
November 20, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Most recent highway funding patch "the last," vows Shuster as bicameral conference gets underway
Lawmakers proclaimed that the latest and 36th-straight short-term highway patch would be the last as the bicameral conference committee met for the first time Wednesday.
November 19, 2015 – Equipment World

Michigan Governor to Sign Gas Tax Hike
Gov. Rick Snyder planned Tuesday to sign legislation calling for a long-term increase in Michigan road repair financing through budget earmarks and increased motorist fees and taxes.
November 10, 2015 –

Is Killing Keystone XL Really A Win For The Environment?
For the time being, it's the end of the line for the Keystone XL.
November 10, 2015 –

Milwaukee-based group wants GOP debate to focus on manufacturing
A Milwaukee-based industry group hopes tonight's GOP debate at the Milwaukee Theatre focuses on an issue that hits closer to home in Milwaukee than almost any other U.S. city: manufacturing.
November 10, 2015 – Milwaukee Business Journal

Time for candidates to address manufacturing
Americans have now sat through four presidential debates - three among Republican candidates, one among Democratic candidates.
November 10, 2015 – The Hill

Alabama governor pushing for state-level gas tax increase
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley stated recently his belief that there is enough political will in Montgomery to push forward with an increase in state's fuel tax to pay for road and bridge projects.
November 9, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

White House says Obama to rule on Keystone pipeline before leaving office
The White House on Monday said it continues to expect that President Barack Obama will make a decision on whether to grant a permit to TransCanada Corp for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline before he leaves office in January 2017.
November 2, 2015 – Reuters

Senate sets debate on WOTUS rule
The Senate is set to debate a pair of measures to strike down the Obama administration's new Clean Water Act rule re-defining the "waters of the United States" that the law regulates.
October 30, 2015 – Agri-Pulse

Obama signs 3-week transportation funding patch into law
President Barack Obama has signed into law a three-week patch to the Highway Trust Fund to prevent a transportation funding stoppage while lawmakers attempt to pass a long-term highway bill.
October 30, 2015 – Equipment World

New Polls Show Americans Support Increased Funding for Infrastructure
New polls from North America's largest motorist group and biggest trucking trade association show an overwhelming majority of Americans want the federal government to invest more money in roads, bridges and mass transit systems.
October 26, 2015 –

House transportation committee approves 6-year highway bill
The U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved a six-year, $325 billion transportation bill.
October 23, 2015 – Equipment World

Liberal Election Victory Heralds Big Changes on Canadian Policy Front
Justin Trudeau's Liberal party shocked the political world last night, winning 184 out Canada's 338 parliamentary seats, an outright majority.
October 21, 2015 – AED News

Dem governors push for long-term highway bill
A group of 19 Democratic governors are pushing Congress to approve a long-term transportation funding measure.
October 19, 2015 – The Hill

Judicial Panel Refuses to Consolidate WOTUS Legal Challenges
In a blow to the Obama administration, a judicial panel has refused to consolidate a series of legal challenges against the new rule re-defining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.
October 16, 2015 – AgriMarketing

Six-year highway bill drafted in House
The House of Representatives introduced a six-year, $325 billion highway bill.
October 16, 2015 – Pit & Quarry

Chaos within House GOP Doesn't Curtail Highway Bill Progress
Despite enormous uncertainty within Republican congressional leadership when House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) abruptly withdrew from the race to succeed current House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House transportation leaders are expected to unveil a multiyear highway reauthorization blueprint the week of Oct. 19.
October 12, 2015 – AED News

Inside the secret push to save the Export-Import Bank
The stealth operation to save the Export-Import Bank started with a simple conversation on the House floor.
October 12, 2015 – The Hill

Appeals Court Suspends WOTUS Implementation
A new ruling issued today by a federal appeals court places a nationwide stay on the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Rule, better known as Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS).
October 9, 2015 – AgWired

FAA fails to meet national UAV regulation deadline
The Federal Aviation Administration failed to meet its deadline, set for this week, for creating national unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) regulations.
October 2, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

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